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Leaping the Vicarage Wall By Ronni Lamont

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Theological colleges and courses are full of eager, fresh-faced ordinands, training to serve God and the Church. This title offers an exploration of the nature of vocation, in particular how clergy may need to move out of parish life to remain true to their calling.
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Leaping the Vicarage Wall: Leaving Parish Ministry by Ronni Lamont

This title offers an exploration of the nature of vocation, in particular how clergy may need to move out of parish life to remain true to their calling. Theological colleges and courses are full of eager, fresh-faced ordinands, training to serve God and the Church. What pressures will they face, and how can they remain true to their vocation if they find themselves ill equipped for parish ministry, or feeling that they've given it all they can and it's now time to exercise their ministry outside the parish framework? What will they actually do if they feel God is calling them to a different type of ministry? Through interviews and discussions with those in authority in the Church, those who've already jumped the vicarage wall and those who've chosen to remain in parish ministry, this book examines the shifting shape of vocation and the pressures on parish clergy. In particular, it looks at the factors that can lead to personal breakdown, and makes recommendations for changing the nature of clergy training to better equip clergy for the stresses of the task.

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It's a delight, concise, accessible and compelling. Whilst it tells the story of leaving parish ministry it is also generous in honouring that ministry. It explores the realities of parish life, the place of personality in ministry, and, training, support and 'career structures'. Listening to those who have left it asks and answers: where do we go from here? Hope is placed in amongst other things 'Common Tenure' to help manage role expectations and provide opportunities for review. She clearly lays down a challenge. The book will be of value to FM readers involved in supporting MDR, and, more broadly helping people to reflect on nature of parish ministry today.--Tim Ling, National Adviser, Continuing Ministerial Development, The Church of England
'This book examines the shifting shape of vocation and the pressures on parish clergy. In particular, it looks at the factors that can lead to personal breakdown, and makes recommendations for changing the nature of clergy training to better equip clergy for the stresses of the task.'--Sanford Lakoff
Featured in the New Titles Just Published section--Sanford Lakoff
It is an important theme. The author touches on issues that clergy will recognise but which the Church doesn't often acknowledge... Leaping the Vicarage Wall opens up a neglected area--Sanford Lakoff

About Ronni Lamont


Ronni Lamont was in parish ministry for 16 years, and has worked extensively for the training departments in the dioceses of Rochester and St. Albans. She specialises in creativity and innovation, children's spirituality and pastoral training. Her books include Understanding Children Understanding God (SPCK 2008), and Work Life Balance (Sheldon Press 2001).

Table of Contents


Introduction; 1 My personal journey; 2 Parish Life examined; 3 The impact of personality indicators within ministry; 4 Theological training; 5 Support for clergy; 6 Career structures in the Church; 7 Listening to those who have left the parish; 8 Where do we go from here?

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Leaping the Vicarage Wall: Leaving Parish Ministry by Ronni Lamont
Ronni Lamont
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Continuum Publishing Corporation
2011-05-19
144
1441120181
9781441120182
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